CMA luncheon from the perspective of an ACS Scholar alumnus

The CMA luncheon was an excellent experience, both as a member of the Committee on Minority Affairs and as an ACS Scholar alumnus. This was my second luncheon, and notable for the opportunity to meet Madeline Jacobs and Zaida Morales-Martinez, better known as “Mama Z”. Both women are tremendously successful and inspirational in their commitment to diversity.
This CMA luncheon also recognized several of my colleagues in the ACS Scholars program for their early accomplishments in chemistry. The various cultural and geographical diversities of the invited guests were particularly impressive. The ACS scholars shared their personal stories of how the program has prepared them to overcome obstacles. It clearly fulfills the program mission of increasing the numbers of scientists from URM groups throughout the United States.
I am more motivated than ever to continue carrying forth the mission of the Committee on Minority affairs as part of the communications subcommittee. I envision that this can be accomplished by continuing to connect with other committees within ACS, such as the Younger Chemists Committee and engaging ACS local sections.